Photoshoot - La Fete de Ganesh

  • September 2, 2012 · 10:00 AM
  • Metro La Chapelle (Ligne 2)

September 2nd marks the celebration of the 17th Fete de Ganesh by the temple Sri Manicka Vinayakar Alayam in the 18eme. Ganesh is a Hindu diety who is worshiped as the lord of beginnings and as the lord of obstacles. He is also the patron of arts and sciences, as well as the god of intellect and wisdom!! He is normally represented as a multi-armed human figure with the head of an elephant.

The temple celebrates with a morning of ceremonies and then a parade through the quartier. Our group has attended this festival for five years now and it is always a spectacular photo opportunity. I am sure that this year's parade will be a colorful event as well! More info can be found here: http://www.templeganesh.fr/fetegan.htm

Two notes: I would recommed that you bring a minimum of equipment as the streets will be *very* crowded and you will be jostled. Also, the parade monitors will yell at you if you step into the path of the parade wearing shoes. This is because the way is cleansed for the procession of the idol representing Ganesh. The parade participants walk the route barefoot. For the slighty less adventurous, wearing socks permits you jump into the route and potentially avoid rusty bottlecaps and shards of coconut shell  :-)

Let's meet around 10h00 at Metro La Chapelle (Ligne 2) - exit north towards the small park. ***Please note that this is *NOT* Metro Porte de la Chapelle on ligne 12!!! We will walk north towards the temple on rue Pajol. The religious ceremonies begin in the temple at 09h00 and the parade starts at 11h00.  I hope you can join us!

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  • Dominique

    It was interesting, exciting and very friendly !

    September 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    All the snaps are really nice, great job.

    September 5, 2012

  • dan

    first time, but plenty of opportunities for photos

    September 4, 2012

  • Jean-Fran?ois

    A very interisting topic for photos

    September 3, 2012

  • Sébastien L.

    I've created a project in my behance portfolio with my works there.
    http://www.behance.net/gallery/Ganesh-day/5018215

    September 3, 2012

  • Michel C.

    Très colorée. Mérite le déplacement (100 km) pour voir cela. Une très belle idée pour un photographe.
    Résultat : 400 photo, 50 à la poubelle, and the winner is "http://www.flickr.com/photos/59834800@N00/";

    September 2, 2012

  • Jean

    Ta a lot for organising, Jim!

    September 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks a lot for bringing this event to our attention. I was really happy to learn about it. GREAT !

    September 2, 2012

  • Sébastien L.

    Thanks for this info, this is a very nice event.

    September 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Jim managed to have the rain stopped just befote it started. Goooooooooooood Job ;-))

    September 2, 2012

  • Rix

    do we meet afterwards ?

    September 2, 2012

  • WSPhotographie

    Will be 15 min late

    September 2, 2012

  • Victor G.

    Hey Jim, I'm not sure I'll be able to get at the metro station at 10am so here is my phone number and if you can tell me where you'll be around 12am, I'll meet you there :[masked]
    See ya!

    September 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hope I can still join you all even though the RSVP's are closed.

    September 2, 2012

  • Malekeh

    I don't think I will be able to join you tomorrow but I will definitely-come on monday.

    September 1, 2012

  • Soeli

    Unfortunately, I can't make it anymore... changed my RSVP. Wishing everybody a great day tomorrow, happy shooting! Till next time!

    September 1, 2012

  • Michel C.

    J'arrive à 9h00 à la gare du Nord. Le temps de remonter la rue du Faubourg Saint Denis et de prendre déjà de nombreuses photos, le plus tranquillement possible (?), je serais au square (tout près du temple) avant 10h. Une idée pour le déjeuner après la parade ?

    September 1, 2012

  • Richard B.

    Jim, I am equally inclined to arrive early (9 a.m.) and shoot preparations. Given last year's massive, jostling crowds, I'm taking a different approach this year. But I, too would love to meet for lunch. Do you have such a plan?

    September 1, 2012

  • Picspics

    I will also go directly to the temple but will be delighted to join you later for the lunch !

    September 1, 2012

  • Jane M.

    thrilled thanks

    September 1, 2012

  • Nicolas Z.

    Hi, it's my first meetup event with this group, are we really going to be 100+ photographers ? that's crazy, hehe :)
    See you on Sunday!

    August 31, 2012

  • susi

    hello! i have joined over here in canada! i look forward to your photos!

    August 28, 2012

  • Yuliana

    Hi Jim, just a small note on the meeting point. La Chapelle Metro station is closed for constructions:

    http://www.ratp.fr/fr/ratp/r_67933/metro-fermeture-de-la-station-la-chapelle-cet-ete/

    It is a walking distance away from many of the neighbouring stations or bus stops, and it might be good for those who are coming that way to take into account the extra time in their planning. Thank you for organizing the photoshoot and hope to see many of you there!

    August 14, 2012

    • Jim K.

      Good catch, Yuliana! Thank you! We will still meet in the small park on the north side of the Metro -- it's fairly big & easy to find!

      August 15, 2012

  • Soeli

    Great idea! I'm quite new in Paris and recently joined this group.
    I'll try to make it. Looking forward to it

    August 14, 2012

  • marylouise s.

    Namaste,Jim! This Ganesh celebration has always been a colorful
    and joyful event. Merci for organizing once again. I am travelling to North India late September so this is a super "warm up"occasion
    for my planned voyage.

    August 14, 2012

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